Bow Hunting

Great Parks’ mission is to preserve and protect natural resources. One threat to the local species and their habitats is the overpopulation of deer. For the past 20 years, we have studied how white-tailed deer impact the parks, and in response to large increases in deer and the severe ecological damage that occurred, we began a Deer Management Program in January of 2003. This management includes continued monitoring of the population, vegetation surveys, culling and a lottery bow hunt, which began in 2005. Since implementing this plan, several years of data have shown more growth and flowering of native plants, as well as less a less-visible browse line (Klein & Conover 2010). This plan also benefits the health of deer populations by reducing their competition for food and their risk of transmitting diseases, such as chronic wasting disease. Learn more about participating in the lottery bow hunt and helping our conservation efforts below.

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Become a Bow Hunter
Applications for the 2015-2016 bow hunt lottery will be posted in May and must be received by July 6, 2015, at 9 a.m. Those who are successful in the lottery will then receive an invitation to participate in qualifications. Bow hunters 21 years of age or older are required to show proof of successful completion of the Hunter Safety Education Course before qualifying. Everyone is required to meet with the Bow Hunting Field Coordinators in the park they will be hunting before hunting season begins, or they will not be able to hunt. All applicable Ohio Division of Wildlife rules and regulations apply to hunting in Great Parks of Hamilton County.

For more information, contact Natural Resource Specialist Jessica Spencer by phone at 513-521-7275, ext. 275, or by email

Field Coordinators
Node Text: Coordinators are experienced bow hunters who are able to give advice on hunting. They can help locate hunting areas and help resolve issues or concerns that you may have. Once you pass qualifications and before hunting season begins, you must contact and meet with the field coordinator for the park where you will be hunting. If you met with a coordinator in a previous season for the same hunting area, you don’t have to meet with them again unless there is a change in boundaries or you have another issue that needs to be addressed.

Bow Hunter Field Coordinators for the 2014-2015 Season